Abandoned

Hagar House

While looking over the route to another location I wanted to check out today, I happened to scroll past this place on Google Earth. I went back and scrolled in closer. It didn't appear there had been activity on they very long driveway in quite some time. Perhaps it would be worth a stop.

On this beautiful sunny Saturday, with Max the Exploring Husky tagging along, we walked down that very long driveway, well overgrown, and arrived at the place you see here.

I love these chance encounters.

Roggen House

This was an unexpected and welcome find along the way. It was as though the UE Gods were attempting to make it up to me that they had thrown a record-breaking blizzard at me to thwart my plans. It wasn't what I'd hoped for, but it was something.

The storm cellar was of particular interest, not to mention the fact that this was the first time I had seen honest-to-goodness tumbleweeds in my whole life...

Byers House

Weather had played against me and deprived me of my primary target. I will, no doubt, be coming back to this state. While driving away, and metaphorically licking my wounds, I spotted this place not far from the road and went for a closer look. With the weather preparing to take another swipe at me, I decided to stop and take a look around.

Carr Houses

This was a twofer.

When I showed up, it was with the expectation that there was only one house. There were two.

As you will see in the pictures, the first looks like a very old farm house. It's falling ever so slowly apart and is beyond salvage. The second place, however, is in very good condition and could continue to be used. I think, however, that it's owner may have passed on.

Arnstein House

This place looked like a reasonable prospect on Google Earth. Of course, you never know what you've got until you get there.

When Max and I arrived, there appeared to be no traffic on the driveway for a considerable time. I got out and took a few exterior photos. As I came around the corner of the house I made the brief acquaintance of what had to be an 8-point buck. I'm not sure which of us ended up with the faster heart rate, but he bolted before I could even get my camera up.

Elbow Ridge House

It was a nice December morning as Max and I followed the routes laid out for us by the GPS. I still had a number of prospects to check out, and mother nature was being kind enough to afford me the time before snowfall to do so.

Dionne Road House

Spending another wonderfully warm fall day chasing down prospective abandonments with my buddy Max, I found this little place. This is probably the most sketchy structure that I have set foot inside to date. I really shouldn't have, but it was the only way I was going to get any pictures of the place at all. I just had to make sure my feet got placed on boards less rotten than the other ones.

It's not exactly a 5-floor mansion or anything, so it didn't take long for me to get my feet planted back on terra firma.

Muskosung Lake House

With daylight already beginning to fade early in the afternoon, and my list of prospects getting shorter, I ran across this place. Ok, so normally I probably wouldn't even bother with a place this small and meaningless. But something about it caught my attention and held it.

While I'm not sure what, I think it might be the feeling that someone had started off with something small, something personal, and planned to make it something bigger, more profound. Perhaps time or money ran out before it could get there.

Deer Lake House

It was a little chilly, and there was a bit of snow on the ground. Normally, the latter would have ended my exploring season, but for some reason, I can't seem to let go this year. My trusty husky and I rolled up on this place and had a look around. The contents and lighting made it a great, worthwhile stop, but the proximity of neighbors immediately across the road ensured that I didn't linger here long.

Gratton House

I was spending some time scouting around on Google Earth, as I often do when I'm bored, and happened to notice this in a field, almost by itself. What was surprising was that it was in an area I had explored before, but I never saw this place. Not surprising that I didn't see it while I was there. It's too far back in the bush to see it from the road. Just surprising I hadn't noticed it on the satellite images before.